World War 3 — Japan/China confrontation brews as China sends Warships

Posted: September 16, 2012 in politics, world news
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Japan/China confrontation brews as China sends warships to Senkaku
islands

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Last week, Japan’s government “purchased” the Senkaku/Diaoyu
islands from a family that it recognizes as the owner. The islands are disputed
by China, and the purpose of the purchase was to head off some highly
nationalistic actions by the Mayor of Tokyo that the federal government.
However, the Chinese viewed this as a sign of weakness, and sent six warships to
the islands. The Foreign Ministry issued a statement:

“Two Chinese surveillance ship fleets have arrived at waters around
the Diaoyu Islands and adjacent islands on September 14, 2012, to start patrol
and law enforcement. These law enforcement and patrol activities are designed to
demonstrate China’s jurisdiction over the islands and safeguard its maritime
interests.”

China: Second Day of Violent Anti-Japan Protests

Japan’s Foreign Minister said, “I’d like to
underscore that we should never let the situation escalate. We have strong hopes
the Chinese government will respond to the situation in an appropriate and also
a calm manner.”
This is probably a good time to remind readers that the
Senkaku/Diaoyu are considered Japanese territory under the mutual defense treaty
that the United States and Japan signed in 1960. Under the terms of the treaty,
we’re obligated to go to war with China to defend the islands if China attacks
them.

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Attacks on Japanese in Beijing increase as September 18
approaches

In Beijing, at least six Japanese were reported to have been
attacked. In Shanghai, one man was injured when hot noodles were poured on him.
The attacks were triggered by the confrontation over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands,
and are expected to increase in the next few days. September 18 marks the 81st
anniversary of the brutal Japanese occupation of China, a memory that still
evokes xenophobic reactions in China.

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